Aquinnah: Mother's Day Celebration


The Aquinnah Shop opened this weekend. Many people came in for some blue corn pancakes and other favorites. The Aquinnah Shop is open this week, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Thank you; now we don’t have to go to State Road for breakfast, we can just go up to the Cliffs! After you are finished with your breakfast, you can do some shopping at On the Cliffs and Stony Creek Gifts, both of which are now open weekends for sure, and weekdays if the weather is good. Juli Vanderhoop started pizza days this past Saturday. Every Saturday, weather permitting, through May, from noon to 2 pm, the Orange Peel Bakery will be serving up pizza. Bring some toppings and bask in the sunshine and good company. $15 suggested donation per person.

At the library this week: Today Story Time is at 3:30 pm and the After School Club will meet at 4 pm. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, they will be making maracas. On Saturday, May 7, Story Time is at 10:30 am, and Craft Time will be from 11 am to 3 pm. The craft will be coloring images inspired by nature. Also, this Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm a librarian will be at the Mini Maker Faire, making books with kids. The Faire will be held at the Ag Hall. Next Saturday, May 14, from noon to 2 pm Lisa Vanderhoop will be available at the library to provide tips on how best to photograph your dogs. Bring your family pooch and your camera phone to the library’s deck.

This Saturday, Joan LeLacheur will hold a Mother’s Day Open Studio from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring gifts of wampum jewelry in combination with abalone and conch. There will also be some mosaic tiles. Joan’s studio is at 42 Old South Road. Call Joan at 508-645-9954 if you have questions.

The town will open the Gay Head Light for free, from 4 to 6 pm on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. It’s newly painted by Lou Colby’s crew, and looking sharp. Because prep for the move prevented last year’s tour, this is the 25th time out of 26 years that Richard and Joan have hosted mothers and their progeny for a free tour.

May 10 is our town meeting. Spencer Booker is stepping down as selectman. Macey Dunbar and Gary Maynard are both running for the vacant seat. Your vote is important.

The Chilmark Store opens on Wednesday. The Chilmark Tavern opens on May 17.

The Martha’s Vineyard Masters Swim Club is holding a series of free swimming lessons at the YMCA over the next few weeks as part of the Swimming Saves Lives Program for Martha’s Vineyard. The lessons are for nonswimming adults (ages 18 and up). The lessons started last week and end on May 11. Call the YMCA at 508-696-7171 for the dates and times.

May 6 to 8, the Edgartown Board of Trade is celebrating its fifth annual Pink and Green Weekend. The weekend is a celebration of Mother’s Day and all things spring, and this year it coincides with the Kentucky Derby. There is a parade on Sunday at 9 am, and many other events throughout the weekend. Details and a full listing of events can be found at

Rachel and Mike MacDonald were here over the weekend visiting from Ithaca. It was lovely to see them both. They will return for the summer in seven short weeks. Alex Taylor’s birthday is on Friday.

Happy Mother’s Day! Of course you should always show your mom respect, but on this day you should give her extra. For those without their mothers, this can be a bittersweet day, so show them a little extra love too. We are blessed with many amazing mothers in Aquinnah, including Theresa M., Alex, June, Jeanie, Noli, Amera, Ona, Adrianna, Berta, Carla, Joanie, Roxanne, Anne, Noni, Nonie, Juli, Faith, Tiffany, Emily, Jamie, Nancy B., Nancy L., Robin, Heidi, Naushon, Mallory, Jeffie, Mimi, Elissa, Anja, Lane, Jo-Ann, Wendy, Kathy N., Eva, Sarah, Irina, Diotima, Betty, Jessie, Teresa F., Christy, Belinda, Barbie, Virginia, Kate, Aretha, Jean, Carolyn, Missy, Natalie, Penny W. Carol, Megan, Meg, Susie, Tanisha, Kelly, Isolette, Heather, Audrey, Nefititi, Melissa, Nerissa, Rachel, Melanie, Kathleen, Grace, Sabel, and Lisa S., and have loving memories of Amanda, Penny, and Jean. My apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked. Let me know, and I’ll make sure to give you a shout-out next week.